Japan marks 68th anniversary of atomic bombing of Hiroshima

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(FOX NEWS) – Japan is marking a somber date from history.  It’s been 68 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. A ceremony was held to honor the dead.

50,000 people stood for a minute’s silence in the Hiroshima peace Memorial Park. The park is located near the epicenter of the early-morning blast that killed as many as 140,000 people. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed tens of thousands more, prompting japan to surrender to the World War II allies.

Among those gathered at the peace park were some of the victims of the atomic bombings. Prime Minister Shinzo abe pledged to work toward the eradication of nuclear weapons.